A Stamford daycare owner recently arrested following the death of a 2-month-old faced a judge on Tuesday.
Nydia Carrillo-Maldonado's arrest comes after the death of Bella Redondo on July 12. Police said the infant's death was a homicide.
She was rushed to Stamford Hospital from the Little Bears Beginnings Daycare on Wardwell Street. Police said she had stopped breathing.
After the child's death, police said their investigating focused on the daycare's proprietor, 34-year-old Carrillo-Maldonado.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's autopsy revealed that Bella's death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.
Police said they determined that Carrillo-Maldonado was responsible. The state has shut down her daycare and she turned over her daycare license.
She was charged with first-degree manslaughter and risk or injury.
On Tuesday, she entered a not guilty plea.
"No arrest will ease the heartache and loss of my clients, however they're grateful for law enforcement handling this quickly and fairly and they're looking forward to getting some accountability in this process," said Mark Sherman, the Redondo family attorney.
Carrillo-Maldonado's attorney said his client does not have a criminal record, and is not a flight risk and has been cooperating.
"The court date has been continued to Aug. 25. At that date we'll ask for the warrant to be unsealed so we can review the allegations, the medical testimony, the medical documentation, and we'll prepare our defense," Christian Bujdud, defense attorney, said.
The Office of Early Childhood, which licenses and regulates daycares, flagged Little Bears Beginnings Daycare on an unannounced visit back in December.
They found a curling iron plugged into a lamp near a sleeping child, along with a pile of wooden fencing, with nails sticking out if it, in the backyard where children play.
On a follow up, Carrillo-Maldonado had addressed the issues.
As Stamford police were back at the house on Monday with a warrant following the arrest, neighbors say it’s the whole situation is a shame.
"It was really, really young and for anyone to die is pretty sad, especially the fact that it was at a daycare, ironic, you give your kid to watch and take care of and they end up dying that way, really sad,” said Sufian Hakeem of Stamford
Carrillo-Maldonado is being held on a $200,000 bond and is due back in court later this month.
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